If you are bailing someone out of jail, it is important that you understand the responsibility that you're taking on. As the bond co-signer, it is your responsibility to ensure that the person you bond out meets their bail requirements and attends each court hearing. While you always have the risk that your loved one or friend may slip up, there are some things that you can do to help improve their chances of success while out on bail. Here are a few tips to help someone you've bailed out reduce their chances of having that bail revoked.
Review The Bail Requirements Together
Your loved one will be expected to sit down with the bail bond agent and review the requirements of the bond, including the reporting requirements, behavioral restrictions, and court appearances. If you want to be in the best possible position to keep your investment and protect your loved one's freedom, you need to fully understand these requirements as well. Sit down with your loved one and review all of the requirements so that you are both on the same page.
Create A Schedule With Digital Reminders
Once you are clear on all of the bail requirements, it's time to create a detailed calendar for him or her to ensure that all of those requirements are met. Set each bondsman appointment and check-in as appointments on the calendar. Do the same with each court date as it is scheduled. Have the calendar send automated reminders three days before, a day before, and an hour before each appointment.
If he or she was issued a curfew by the court, set the curfew as a daily alarm on their smartphone. You can even share the calendar and set the alarms on your phone as well so that you can keep tabs on things and reach out to your loved one periodically to ensure that he or she is meeting those regular demands.
Attend Every Court Date
One of the easiest ways to end up with a bail revocation is missing a court date. Even with all the reminders and phone calls you can manage, you can't guarantee that someone you bail out is going to make it to the courthouse unless you attend each court date and give him or her a ride each time.
When you bring them to the courthouse, you ensure that they are present at the court. You can also confirm, as you check in at the courthouse, that they are recorded as in attendance. This first-hand intervention ensures that you reduce the risk of a court no-show issue that could potentially lead to a bail revocation.
Provide Support And Encouragement
Dealing with a pending court case is stressful enough, and having a lack of support makes it very difficult. Your loved one is likely struggling heavily with fear of the outcome and needs some consistent support and encouragement to get through the whole process.
Take the time to be present for your loved one's needs and situation. Make sure that he or she knows that you are there to talk, offer guidance, provide support, and help them through the whole process. The more you can provide support to your loved one in whatever way he or she needs, the easier it will be for them to successfully get through the hearing and preserve your bail investment.
For more information, reach out to a bail bondsman near you. He or she can help you understand the bail bonds process, the expectations, and the events that will come between the bail bond being issued and the final court hearing finishing.Share